Funding for Youth Development

Positive Experiences + Positive Relationships + Positive Environments = Positive Youth Development

Based on the literature, the Interagency Working Group on Youth Programs, a collaboration of 19 federal departments and agencies that support youth, has created the following definition of positive youth development (PYD):

PYD is an intentional, prosocial approach that engages youth within their communities, schools, organizations, peer groups, and families in a manner that is productive and constructive; recognizes, utilizes, and enhances young people's strengths; and promotes positive outcomes for young people by providing opportunities, fostering positive relationships, and furnishing the support needed to build on their leadership strengths.

The Interagency Working Group on Youth Programs developed a research agenda focused on positive youth development. Through a collaborative consensus-building process, representatives from federal agencies identified three research domains (conceptual issues, data sources and indicators, and program implementation and effectiveness) and key research questions that could benefit from future research.

PYD has its origins in the field of prevention. In the past, prevention efforts typically focused on single problems before they surfaced in youth, such as teen pregnancy, substance abuse, and juvenile delinquency.

Over time, practitioners, policymakers, funders, and researchers determined that promoting positive asset building and considering young people as resources were critical strategies. As a result, the youth development field began examining the role of resiliency - the protective factors in a young person's environment - and how these factors could influence one's ability to overcome adversity. Those factors included, but were not limited to, family support and monitoring; caring adults; positive peer groups; strong sense of self, self-esteem, and future aspirations; and engagement in school and community activities.

Researchers and practitioners began to report that young people who possess a diverse set of protective factors can, in fact, experience more positive outcomes. These findings encouraged the development of interventions and programs that reduce risks and strengthen protective factors. The programs and interventions are strengthened when they involve and engage youth as equal partners, ultimately providing benefits for both for the program and the involved youth.


Foundation and philanthropic support for youth development from around the Web.

Leading the Way in Creative Education

India's Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development (RGNIYD) is known for its work with disadvantaged youth, and it's now offering master's and bachelor's degrees in fashion design, textile...more

Ded Awards $6 Million in Tax Credits to 37 Organizations through Youth Opportunities Progra

Missouri's Department of Economic Development has announced the 37 organizations that will receive a total of $6 million in state tax credits through its Youth Opportunities Program, the Kansas City...more

Mayor Fulop and Interdepartmental Support from Health &Amp; Human Services and Recreation ...

A kiosk in New Jersey will be the first in the country to offer a free, FDA-approved rapid fentanyl test, as well as Narcan, COVID testing, and other intervention strategies for free to help combat...more

Barancik Foundation Awards $5.7 Million in Grants

"When students succeed, our entire community prospers," says the CEO of Florida's Barancik Foundation, which has awarded nearly $6 million in grants to support education, youth development,...more

Occf Awards Over $46K in Community Grants
Foundation: Ohio County Community Foundation

The community of Rising Sun, Indiana, is putting its money where its mouth is. The Ohio County Community Foundation has awarded more than $47,000 in grants to 14 local nonprofit groups, the...more

Heisman Trophy Fund Awards $1.2 Million to Nyc and Long Island Nonprofits
Foundation: New York Community Trust

Nearly 5,000 kids in the New York area will get a boost in their academic and sports lives thanks to the Heisman Trophy Fund for Youth Development. The fund, a partnership between the Heisman...more

Legacy Foundation Grants $25000 To Local Non Profits

The Legacy Foundation in Ottumwa, Iowa, is putting its money where its mouth is. The foundation has awarded $25,000 in grants to six local nonprofits, including $10,000 to the Cardinal Youth...more

Legacy Announces $25000 in Nonprofit Grants

The Legacy Foundation in Ottumwa, Iowa, is putting its money where its mouth is. The nonprofit has awarded $25,000 in grants to six local nonprofits, including $10,000 to the Cardinal Youth...more

Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County awards $72784 in third quarter grant programs

The Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County in North Carolina awarded $35,000 in Creative Placemaking Grants this quarter to 14 individual artists and four nonprofit organizations, the...more

Winnebago County Community Foundation to Host Grant Workshop in Thompson
Foundation: Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa, Winnebago County Community Foundation

The Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa is putting its money where its mouth is. The foundation, which is affiliated with the Winnebago County Community Foundation, is accepting grant...more

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